Portrait of a father

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    We assumed this was a female monkey for the longest time because of the interaction with the baby monkey. It wasn't until he turned around that my husband noticed it was most definitely a male. Perhaps it's just us being uninformed on the family habits of primates, but we were surprised to see a father monkey take such tender care of his offspring. We have since read up on them and found that male Barbary macaques bond with their offspring shortly after birth.

    When we first drove up, he was nestling the baby in his arms; I didn't even notice there was a baby there. After the baby was up, he'd swing him up onto his back and they walked around; sometimes the baby would swing down and ride around attached to his tummy, too!

    It was very sweet to watch the interaction with father and child.

    This has been my highest ranking photo in Explore, thanks to all of you who took the time to look! Appeared in the Interestingness archives, highest rank of #74.

    BriWit, andvarpadi, yony_ro, Cory', and 26 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. BriWit 100 months ago | reply

      You have been invited to post this fantastic pic in
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      Seen in Animal Planet (?)

    2. nightmares_n_fairy_tales 100 months ago | reply

      ~I SNIFFED out this wonderful image!
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    3. Cory' 100 months ago | reply

      How cute is that, very nice capture

      I saw this pic in
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    4. Buikschuivers 100 months ago | reply

      Exellent shot!

    5. lee20879 100 months ago | reply

      Cute and lovely

    6. Scott N GA 100 months ago | reply


    7. springychick 100 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photograph, love everything about it!

    8. magstultz 100 months ago | reply

      This is a beautiful photo - and such a touching story - so wonderful to know and to have witnessed - lovely!!

    9. mape_s 100 months ago | reply

      This is an adorable picture! Congrats

    10. ch173_p3pp3r 100 months ago | reply

      Found you in Interestingness
      Beautiful pair.

    11. Wuby Z 100 months ago | reply

      This is a beautiful image.
      Your contributions to the F R E E D P group, where we appreciate great images, would be appreciated.

    12. Sandmania 100 months ago | reply

      What an amazing photograph....truly touching with their expressions. Definetely a fave

    13. *Pretty in Pink* 94 months ago | reply

      What an excellent capture ! Very sweet.

    14. Mary Elle 94 months ago | reply

      Wow, this is perfect!

    15. BookChook 74 months ago | reply

      Thanks so much for allowing me to use this pic on my blog ( thebookchook.blogspot.com) under Creative Commons.

    16. g567hey [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Explored <100, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    17. Truus & Zoo 67 months ago | reply

      Great shot!

      I've started a group just for Macaques and I would like to invite you to post this and other Macaque pictures to the group Macaques

      Thanks a lot!

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